Digital Radiographs Thousand Oaks
Digital Dental Imaging
Drs. Saremi and Johnstone carefully choose when and which radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
If you have any questions for the dentists or staff at Saremi & Johnstone Dentistry, please call us at our office in Thousand Oaks, CA at ☎ Thousand Oaks Office Phone Number 805-496-7776 for information or an appointment.
Dental Radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Saremi and Johnstone utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Our practice proudly offers digital x-rays. We pride ourselves in maintaining the most current dental technology the field has to offer. Digital x-rays, or digital radiography, uses an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film to capture and store the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged on a computer screen helping the dentist detect problems easier. Digiatal x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool that provides valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
DENTAL X-RAYS MAY REVEAL;
- Abcess or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!!
ARE DENTAL X-RAYS SAFE?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more simple to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take the necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include taking only those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD DENTAL X-RAYS BE TAKEN?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
Full Mouth Series (FMX) of dental x-rays are recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for 3-5 years.
Bite-Wing x-rays, or “check-up” x-rays, are taken at recall visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.